Politics & Society


Conquest of the Eastern Cape 1779-1878

The series of clashes historically known as, Frontier Wars date back to 1779 when Xhosa people, Boers, Khoikhoi, San and the British clashed intermittently for nearly a hundred years... read more
The passive resistance movement in South Africa is seen as, largely, led by M K Gandhi and the Indian Congresses campaigns. However, this... read more
Poqo was formed as an armed wing to the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) during the 1960's and was known for its aggressively violent sabotage... read more
On Tuesday, 17 June, 2014, the Popular Education website was launched in Woodstock, Cape Town. Omar Badsha, the Director of South African... read more
The South African Students Movement (SASM) an organisation of mainly high school students was formed to represent students, articulate... read more
The GFWBF was subsequently transformed into the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) in July 1975. At the union’s official... read more
From 10 to 31 October 2011, South Africa will be conducting its third census since the advent of democracy in 1994. Undertaking a census is... read more
Introduction The June 16 1976 Uprising that began in Soweto and spread countrywide profoundly changed the socio-political landscape in... read more
In the 1930s various trade unions from different backgrounds ranging from conservative craft unions, white racist industrial unions, white... read more
The Federation of Transvaal Women (FEDTRAW) was formed on the 8th of December 1984, bringing together close to 200 women from all over the... read more
By the 1860s, subjugation of African people in the immediate vicinity of the Cape had been achieved. Other than a small, enfranchised... read more
South Africa has early human fossils at Sterkfontein and other sites. The first modern inhabitants of the country were the hunter-gatherer... read more
The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, was drawn up by the Parliament elected in 1994 in the first non-racial elections... read more
Popular violence in the decade between 1984 and 1993 is well documented. Existing literature on this brutally violent chapter in the... read more
The Consultative Committee of Black Trade Unions (CCOBTU) was formed in 1977.* CCOBTU emerged out ofthe efforts of workers who had been... read more
The Tsonga are a group of the Bantu-speaking population who live in areas extending from St Lucia Bay on the northern KwaZulu Natal coast,... read more
This article was written by Baruch Hirson A Short history of the Non-European Unity – An insider's view Where is the Non-European Unity... read more
This article was written by Bennett Gwynn and forms part of the SAHO and Southern Methodist University partnership project Overcoming... read more
At a GFWBF meeting in Pietermaritzburg in April, metalworkers from two factories called for the establishment of a union. Two months later... read more
Transition to Armed Struggle The brief respite from the Treason Trial which ended on 29 March 1961 and the Rivonia arrests in July 1963 was... read more
The ascendancy of the apartheid government in 1948 signalled a descent into institutionalized racism unseen in South Africa and elsewhere... read more
The Pondo people were dispossessed of their land and they were forced to submit themselves to White control. In 1910, at the union of South... read more